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Cash counters eliminate administrative costs for narcotics units

Narcotics units associated with state and local government bodies can utilize automated money counters to reduce costs amid growing threats to municipal budgets. As cities around the country continue to reign in spending in the wake of the Great Recession, many essential public programs face either significant restructuring or closure. Local drug enforcement agencies that uncover large amounts of cash from criminal activity may have a better shot at continuing operations by investing in advanced cash counter technology that not only streamlines the counting process, but also allows officers to quickly scan serial numbers and store them in a computerized database.

According to The Hattiesburg American, a newspaper published in Hattiesburg, Miss., the region's 12th Judicial District Narcotics Enforcement Team will likely experience a significant setback as a result of a recent decision at the state level to alter spending initiatives. The law enforcement unit, which includes members from local police and sheriff departments, has operated since the 1980s. However, adjustments in the way federal grant money is spent in Mississippi may threaten the long-term budget of the program. In the past, the Narcotics Enforcement Team, also known as 12NET, relied on money from the U.S. Department of Justice to cover administrative expenses, lab fees and various operational costs.

While narcotics agencies are responsible for performing a variety of complicated tasks in the field, these groups also experience significant clerical challenges - especially in regard to counting and organizing large quantities of seized money. The Sun Sentinel daily newspaper of Broward County and South Palm Beach County in Florida said police offices and other law enforcement agencies run the risk of misplacing or losing drug-related cash without proper organization. The less time it takes to count money, the more likely these programs will operate within budget.

Cash counter machines are a reliable way to reduce the administrative costs associated with state and local drug enforcement initiatives. In addition to counting money, these tools make it easier to save time keeping records by allowing officials to scan and store serial numbers in a secure database. 

December 10, 2013